Bletchley Park unveils its plans for the future on VE Day anniversary

Artist's impression of Block A at Bletchley Park. PNL-150805-111026001
Artist's impression of Block A at Bletchley Park. PNL-150805-111026001

Bletchley Park has unveiled its future restoration plans for the site on the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The first phase of restoration was completed in May 2014 thanks to an £8 million Heritage Lottery grant and the trustees have announced their masterplan for the next stage of development.

Exhibition and gallery space will be expanded while an education facility will be created alongside a modern archive to house Bletchley Park’s collection.

It is hoped the changes will make Bletchley Park a ‘world-class’ heritage site and will ‘inspire the scientists and mathematicians of the future’.

Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “The future of Bletchley Park has already been safeguarded for the nation, but this masterplan is the next milestone on the road to completing its restoration for all future generations to experience, learn from and enjoy.

“It is hugely fitting we are able to announce these plans on this historically significant anniversary.”

Over the past 12 months, Bletchley Park has also hosted a visit from the Duchess of Cambridge, whose grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, worked in Codebreaking Hut 6 during the Second World War, and has seen renewed interest from the public after the release of The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

More than 90,000 people have already visited this year, an increase of 80 per cent on the previous year.